The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

annals of public performance #64

Bad Brains


swac said...

Still remember hearing Pay to Cum for the first time on the compilation Let Them Eat Jellybeans. Truly facemelting.

zbs said...

Wow @ that cutie on the right

WillyC said...

No doubt Swac. It boggles the mind to think of them playing at a house party.

mister muleboy said...

Madam's Organ was a giant house party.

It's too bad that Pay to Cum was recorded by them multiple times; the original single was blistering, but somehow lean. Later versions got. . . complicated

DC was amazing from '79 to '83, even if these cats were


swac said...

This was taken at Madam's Organ? I was in that joint a few years ago, and had no idea.

WillyC said...

I agree MM, the original version is by far superior.

swac said...

Seems this wasn't Madam's Organ or a house party, but rather D.C.'s Hard Art Gallery on Sept. 15, 1979.